Senegal USAID-Dakar -- Burkina Faso Markets and Nutrition Activity

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Burkina Faso Markets and Nutrition program. Eligibility for this award is not restricted.

The countries of the Sahel are characterized by chronic food insecurity, poor health status, persistent poverty, weak governance, high population growth rates, and recurrent climate shocks, which together may drive vulnerable communities into crisis, conflict and violent extremism. USAID’s regional Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE II) initiative addresses these intertwined challenges through strategic layering and sequencing of development and life-saving humanitarian assistance. RISE II also contributes to USAID’s regional efforts to reduce vulnerability to extremism under the Sahel Development Partnership (SDP).

Well-functioning markets that sustainably support livelihoods and human well-being are central to achieving resilience in the face of shocks and stresses. Households that remain below the poverty line do not have the ability to invest in the types of assets or profitable diversified livelihoods that can sustain them through periods of crisis. Sustainably escaping poverty requires that households move beyond subsistence activities to ones that produce a surplus they can sell to earn income to invest in further income generation, asset purchases, or their own human capacity and well-being. Efficient, resilient markets create the opportunities to obtain inputs and services necessary to enhance production, and link producers to buyers who can absorb the excess production and pay higher prices for higher quality goods. Markets in turn are essential to providing sufficient nutritious foods, particularly in locations or time periods when local production is insufficient to meet the need. Global trends show that households, even in the poorest and most remote villages, are increasingly buying food, often in more convenient processed forms.

Well-functioning markets are also essential to addressing the growing crisis of violent extremist groups in the Sahel. These groups often recruit by providing income and assets and a sense of purpose that the poorest, particularly young men, lack. Vibrant markets produce job and entrepreneurship opportunities that are productive alternatives to joining violent groups. 

USAID intends to issue two solicitations, one for Niger and one for Burkina Faso, that will enhance agricultural markets. These two awards will strengthen the market systems for small ruminants, poultry, cowpeas, and local nutritious foods.

Organizations may submit only one application under this NOFO. 


  • Duke Internal: Interested applicants should contact Paul Noe as early as possible
  • Sponsor Deadline: Oct. 1, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. organizations (other than those from foreign policy restricted countries) are eligible to apply under this NOFO. Potential for-profit Applicants should note that, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.400(g), profit, which is any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs, is not an allowable cost for Recipients of USAID assistance awards, and cannot be part of the activity budget. However, the prohibition against profit does not apply to procurement contracts made under the assistance instrument when the Recipient procures goods and services in accordance with the Procurement Standards found in 2 CFR 200.317 to 326.

Amount Description

USAID intends to award one (1) Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide $19,620,000.00 in total USAID funding over a five (5) year period. The award will include a $2 million set aside for a crisis modifier that allows the Implementer to undertake additional early actions or shock response in the event of a projected or current shock. The funding anticipated for this award will come from a number of different USAID funding streams including agriculture, nutrition, and private sector development. 

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International Opportunities
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Interested applicants should contact Paul Noe as early as possible

External Deadline

October 1, 2019